Myrtle Rust

In April 2010 Myrtle rust was detected in Australia in the Central Coast area of New South Wales (NSW). A national response was agreed to and a comprehensive surveillance and management program was initiated across NSW. By November 2010 more than 140 infected premises had been identified across NSW culminating in the disease being detected in Queensland in on the 27 December 2010. There is now no prospect of eradicating it completely.

On 22 December 2010 December the Myrtle Rust National Management Group agreed the disease was not technically feasible to eradicate. Due to the impact the disease could have across Australia it was further agreed to implement a structured management plan to limit the establishment of the pathogen within industries and the natural environment.

Management Plan

The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry has developed a Myrtle Rust Management Plan (Version 2; February 2012) to assist the Australian Nursery Industry manage Myrtle Rust on ALL plants from the Myrtaceae family.

This Myrtle Rust Management Plan has been developed for use by production nurseries and retailers of greenlife including garden centres, greenlife markets (wholesalers), big box hardware, supermarkets, chain stores, etc. The plan was developed and written by Queensland Nursery Industry Development Manager Mr. John McDonald.

The plan provides a detailed framework for growers and retailers to apply on-site in the management of Myrtle rust on plants from the Myrtaceae family. It is recommended that the industry apply this plan to all plants from the Myrtaceae family, not only those that have been currently identified as hosts.

The development of this industry specific Myrtle Rust Management Plan is in direct response to the agreed national position in which the industry participated in developing. As a professional and responsible industry it is appropriate that all growers, wholesalers and retailers apply the relevant strategies to manage Myrtle rust as described in this plan.

If you require assistance in the implementation of the Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan, please contact your State/Territory Nursery & Garden Industry Association.

Myrtle rust is a notifiable disease in all Australian jurisdictions requiring any detection of the disease be reported to the relevant state or territory biosecurity agency within 24 – 48 hours or by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881

For further information on whole of property biosecurity in the nursery industry including on-farm programs such as BioSecure HACCP and the Biosecurity Manual for the Nursery Production industry visit the Biosecurity Section under the Environment pages on www.ngia.com.au alternatively, contact NGIA on 02 8861 5100 or info@ngia.com.au who can direct you to these resources.

NOTE: The Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan is a living document and may be updated periodically as new information arises. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date version – if unsure, refer back to the NGIA website www.ngia.com.au for more information.

Note: This permit is not to be used when moving host material out of the NSW Quarantine Area, and some chemicals listed in this permit may not be acceptable for interstate trade.

Permit for the treatment of nursery stock (non-food), ornamentals, non-bearing fruit trees and cut flowers/foliage

For the treatment of plants (Myrtaceae family) the nursery garden industry has access to an Emergency Permit (PER12156) that allows a range of fungicides to be applied for the management of Myrtle Rust.


Permit for Pesticide Application for Home Garden Control of Myrtle Rust

An Emergency Use Permit (PER 12828) has been issued by the Australian Pesticide & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for home garden use against Myrtle Rust.

The permit includes: 2 protectant and 1 systemic fungicide which are currently registered in the home garden market for application to prevent and offer some curative action against Myrtle Rust.

The permit can be provided by growers, allied traders and garden centre retailers to those seeking some management options for dealing with Myrtle Rust.

CLICK HEREto access the permit.


Please click on the image to download the Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan 2012.